Basingstoke ladies 1s, sponsored by KJS Solicitors started well with Catriona Bausor carving open the Brighton & Hove defence to open the scoring in the first few minutes of the game. Moments later, Clare Griffiths showed a cool head, slipping the ball to Roxy O'Dea who calmly beat the keeper from close range to score the second goal. Accurate passing from defence provided a platform for great interplay between the midfield and the forwards, with Catriona Bausor bursting through from midfield for the third goal.
In the second half Brighton & Hove tried to up their game. However, they could not break Basingstoke’s defence. Kirsty Kent scored twice from two penalty corners. Fiona Parker was rewarded with a goal from close range by managing to squeeze the ball past the keeper. The game finished with an impressive 6-0 win to Basingstoke.
The ladies 2s faced a tricky game against City of Portsmouth. Basingstoke’s first goal came Sarah Mainprise with a controlled strike finding the back of the net. The second goal came from a stunning pass up the pitch by Tessa Cowley to Michelle Rounding who neatly slotted the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs. The game ended with a solid 2-0 win to Basingstoke.
The ladies 3s travelled to the Isle of Wight to take on the free scoring, league leaders on a sandy pitch at Ryde. The islanders quickly showed their early season form and were two up within the first fifteen minutes. With Basingstoke struggling to find their form, the first half ended with a 4-0 lead to the Isle of Wight. The 3s stepped up their game in the second half, but to no avail, offering little in front of goal. In the end, Isle of Wight were deserved victors in this 7-0 win against Basingstoke.
In a well-deserved win, the ladies 4s won 4-2 against Petersfield. The ladies 5s were up against the formidable Hamble 2s this week, showing resilience and teamwork in an evenly matched game. Basingstoke’s first goal came from Katie Thomson, the second coming from Megan Payne and the third from Sue Pett. The second half saw Basingstoke leading 3-2, up until the last few seconds, when Hamble managed to score their third goal. The game ended with 3-3 draw.
Ladies 6s faced Yateley 4s this week. Basingstoke started well, concluding the first half 3-1 up. In the second half Yateley tried to fight back. Basingstoke's spirits remained high ending the game with a 5-2 win. A hat trick for Izzy Hussey and other goals coming from Luci McCallum and Tricia Flynn. The under 12 ladies won 2-1 against Camberley & Farnborough, with goals coming from Freya Leech and Kirsten Halewood.
Playing at home this week, Basingstoke Men's 1s lost 5-1 against Fareham 2s, with their consolation goal coming from Graham Garrett-Lang.
Men’s 2s were up against Salisbury. A promising start ensued with Basingstoke’s front three working hard at the top to put Salisbury’s defence under pressure. However, this was swiftly silenced when Salisbury snuck a goal in from a quick counter attack. Thanks to a well-rehearsed short corner Basingstoke fought back to get a goal from Liam Harrison. Salisbury pulled one back, and the first half concluding with a 2-1 lead to Salisbury.
Salisbury were inspired after half time, putting away three goals in quick succession, two of which came from short corners. The pressure was too much for the mens 2s who struggled to string together any meaningful play. However, their never give up attitude allowed them to pull one back. Despite it being an even match with many opportunities for the mens 2s, the game ended with 5-2 loss against Basingstoke.
Men’s 3s welcomed Portsmouth and Southsea to Down Grange for what turned out to be a great match for the Basingstoke. In a show of great hockey, coupled with team work and skill, Basingstoke got a hat trick from Ben Shaughnessy. JP Vout added a far post half volley to find the goal, which saw Basingstoke up 4-0 at half time.
Basingstoke still had the upper hand in the second half. Kyle Mcfee opening his third team account for the season with a brace, Ben Blackmore rolling back the years with a short corner strike and finding the backboard. Greg Smith kept the average age of the scorers over 40 and taking the team to double digits with a solid finish. Charlie Elliot scored the eleventh after a great solo run with Shaughnessy bagging his 5th from a short corner routine. The game concluded with a well deserved 12-0 win to Basingstoke.
Men's 4s lost 8-0 against Gillingham, and the men's 5s were up against Aldershot & Farnham 5's, who took the lead from the start, before Basingstoke scored two via Gareth Lloyd. In the second half, Basingstoke had plenty of chances without success, before conceding two goals from penalty corners. A disappointing 3-2 loss in an evenly matched game.
The U16 boys played a very wet match against Alton and lost 8-0. The under 12 boys played a hard game against Alton but sadly lost 10-0.
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Updated 15:35 - 27 Oct 2018 by Paul Carruthers